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These qualifications in themselves do not provide any insurance cover to the coach or teacher, but may be a requirement of the insurer as possession of the qualification demonstrates that appropriate training has been undertaken. They are, for example, a requirement if you wish to join the British Orienteering Licensed coach scheme, which provides the Club orienteers with appropriate insurance cover for Club training sessions.
Helena runs the UKCC Level 1 and Level 2 courses for Plas y Brenin, the National Mountaineering Centre in Capel Curig. As an individual applicant you will do best to try looking here, or for other courses advertised on the British Orienteering website
If you have a minimum of 6 people (UKCC Level 1) or 4 people (UKCC Level 2) Helena, as a qualified tutor can look at setting up open or closed UKCC courses for you or your staff. The course requires an indoor classroom on or beside a mapped orienteering area as the courses have a considerable element of practical work. For a UKCC Level 2 course the mapped area must be suitable for planning TD4/5 activities.
Orienteering can take place in wild and remote areas, well away from public roads, and without mobile phone reception. An accident in such an area is clearly much more serious than, say, on a school sports ground or urban park. British Orienteering have therefore developed grading guidelines for assessing the seriousness of a coaching area.
Grade A areas: Private “safe” areas such as School or Outdoor Centre grounds. Small and “simple” areas with very clear boundaries, good access, plenty of handrail features such as paths or fences and so small as to allow supervision of the participants at frequent intervals. An absence of all such hazards as busy traffic, crags, fast or deep water.
Grade B areas: Other local areas and small woods with clear, well defined boundaries, but possibly with limited hazards (e.g. car park).
Grade C areas: Other areas which are neither highly complex nor exposed. Appropriate areas include easier forests, some country parks and sites with clear boundaries and ready access for assistance or for emergency vehicles.
Grade D areas: More demanding areas. Complex, exposed and/or mountainous areas. These should be avoided except where sufficient staffing and expertise is present.
The UKCC (United Kingdom Coaching Certificate) is a national framework for the accreditation of sports coaches which, in orienteering, is provided under the auspices of 1st4sport. They oversee the maintenance of standards in coach training and assessment and assist with the development of British Orienteering’s coaching qualification structure.
At present there are two levels of orienteering coaching qualification, UKCC Level 1 and UKCC Level 2.
UKCC Level 1: This course provides an initial qualification appropriate for those teaching or coaching orienteering on Grade A or B areas. The course will give you the coaching skills to enable you to introduce orienteering in a structured, progressive way up to TD 3 (Orange standard) on the British Orienteering Step System. The course is normally run over three days with assessment on the third day. You will complete a number of small coaching related theory tasks.
On the third day you will be assessed delivering a short practical session to other course members. This course is appropriate for orienteering club coaches, outdoor activity instructors and community coaches wishing to develop orienteering in their area.
UKCC Level 2: This level of qualification is appropriate for those teaching or coaching on Grade A, B and C areas. For those already holding the Level 1 award it is the next step up the coaching framework. This further develops coaching skills enabling you to coach up to TD5 (green standard) on the British Orienteering Step System. It introduces you to planning progressive sessions and basic aspects of fitness, nutrition, physiology, mental preparation, goal setting and evaluation of performance. The course is usually run as a 3 day course including an internal assessment. You will be assessed through a number of written tasks some of which are completed during the course and others as “home study” tasks. The internal assessment has the candidate delivering a practical 20-30 minute coaching session after which you will be given feedback and an action plan to help prepare for final assessment. Final assessment is undertaken at a later date under a independent assessor, following the planning and delivery of a series of at least 6 practical sessions under the guidance of a mentor. It is possible to join the course without doing Level 1 if you can show an appropriate background and recognised prior learning. Contact Helena to discuss this if you may qualify.